THE GOOD: From the bottom of my heart I hope that the freedom this country used to have
will be regained and it once more will be the land of the free and the brave


WEEKLY BLURB: my personal opinion!
Being a Dutchman I have lived here for about 30 years, (plus 4 years earlier during studies) and for the first time I have fleeting thoughts of wanting to go back. Being a researcher, it is frustrating to discover since this president has been in office, the USA has become divided, and many things have been put in place that are so un-American, I am baffled.
Yet, it is the way things have been put in place is what disturbs me most. A president who consistently lies about his own life and keeps going against the constitution, weakens the army, and divides the people. You do not know what goes on here if you live outside the USA!!







THE RANDOM: The Big Question is where will we be on the 4th of July?
In Solvang (California), like the past few years? Because ….they have a great small town parade….
a great opportunity to take pics!




THE FUN: Probably not in San Diego, because of horrendous parking on this day,
but may be in Encinitas, not far from there.  This bakery is out of this world …
a very interesting spice shop behind, where they even have a rock Himalayan salt block
… a huge yarn store, but that will be closed on the 4th …







Go to Dry Town on an antique store hunt? Right at the main road – so a Fence is good!





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Or go to the park for lunch? But the little ones are kind of wary of the aggressive and loud geese






Or, paint at beautiful Yosemite Nat. Park, like on Fathers Day? A
Michigan couple on vacation passing, took this pic





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Roses from one of the 7 rose bushes we had at our previous house.
For me, roses are one of the most festive flowers




Black and whiteFizzle

Never seen a black and white fire work, but allez mes amis (“ok, my friends,” loosely
translated), it’s for the meme:)   )



Red and whiteFizzle



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52 thoughts on “UP TO THE FOURTH OF JULY

  1. I try to follow the news from USA, but it is just a scratch on the surface. So what you are referring to, isn’t quite obviouse to me.
    There has been written a lot about the southern flag (Dixie?) and the two prisoners that escaped and now captured,
    Roses are very festive flower. Happy 4th of July. I’ll celebrate it with a blog 🙂
    Have anice day .)


  2. Love the roses and the flag and the geese by the picnic table with the pond in the backdrop. But, America is not a democracy it’s a REPUBLIC……”and to the Republic, for which it stands…” So many people think and call our country a democracy. There is a difference, I learned the hard way….from my history teacher long ago. I once called it a democracy and had to stay after class and write 100 times on a blackboard that USA is a Republic. lol


  3. Assume you are referring to the Supreme court judgement about gay marriage being legal throughout USA and the Obama healthcare plan going through. Or are you talking about the banning of the proposed Confederate flag? It seems America is beginning to catch up with Europe. You just need to change the gun laws now. Have a very happy 4th July wherever you may be.


  4. Well if i may say something, go to the woods and camp there, take photos no laptops or tablets, bring the camera or the sketch pad, be one with the elements and make memories. hahaha, those fireworks are truly spectacular!


  5. All I can say is there are reasons people keep trying to sneak into the US. There’s got to be something worth the risk! Lovely and proud flag shot. The fireworks are awesome.


  6. For me it seems that the USA is getting better and better. Obamacare is a great thing. I saw a documentary about Obama interviewing David Attenborough about the climate changing and global warming. They also talked about the Yosemite National Park. and how to preserve the beautiful natural world.
    Thanks for your comment. Yes, the Yggdrasil tree looks a bit like the tree of life.
    Have a great 4th of July.
    Wil, ABCW Team


  7. Depends whether you agree with Samuel Johnson that ‘patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel’! Hope you have an enjoyable 4th.


  8. The country was divided long before this president, including opposition to the war in Iraq. The racial divide was always there; it’s just become more evident.


  9. It is interesting to see what you are thinking and planning. I think every country probably has its problems (ours does) but also many things to celebrate about living there.


    1. I guess the bottom line is where each individual draws the line:) Living abroad though makes for more being more in a state of flux about values (about what is “good” and what “bad”)
      Thanks for visiting me today!


  10. Happy Independence Day! The news we hear about your country here in Australia is filtered through our own channels and our own perception/prejudices. I agree with you about needing to live in a place in order to become thoroughly involved in what’s really happening there. The flower photos are marvellous!
    Thanks for taking part in Floral Friday Fotos and I look forward to your next contribution.


  11. This year I personally won’t be doing much celebration. We will enjoy a park or a walk out and maybe something tasty to eat, but we’ve been mourning too many things in our island to be celebrating. And I’ll dare to say that some of them have been US related.

    Thanks for sharing this, I might be brave and get into my thoughts about this on my own blog 🙂


    1. It sounds like some sad things are going on at your island. It depends on the subject of your blog to talk about it or not (if your blog is about food, probably not, unless it effects growing or making food).
      Be brave, say it somewhere (if not on your blog) what’s bothering you. Most people feel relieved when they talk about it (to “safe” people).

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      1. We are living the biggest economical crisis this island has had to face, basically 🙂 I’ve touched on political issues when I’ve deemed it necessary (because as much as I hate politics, they are part of our lives) but I always try to touch hard topics on a positive light and, in this case, it’s rather hard.
        Thank you again though because it felt rather liberating to read your words, I identified and that alone helped.


  12. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us, as well as your gorgeous photos. I hope your fourth is safe and happy~!


  13. You have some lovely plans for the 4th and I enjoy seeing photos of the coast I have never been to. The photo painting could have been my Mother who loved to paint at our cabin in the woods or later here at a park. it was one of the last things she did before she got too ill. I am looking at one of her woods paintings now.. Happy 4th… <ichelle


  14. Solvang would be a fun place to be for the 4th, as would Encinitas. Two places I enjoy. Even though it will be hot, we are heading out to Joshua Tree. Enjoy your 4th!!


  15. I think your thoughts concern a lot of us Americans both those born here and those who’ve moved here from other countries. It’s scary in a lot of ways to see where we are going.
    I enjoyed your photos and agree a fence by that store would be needed.
    Loved your BW fireworks and the pretty rose.
    We’re staying home for the 4th. It’s way to HOT here to do much else.


  16. Happy 4th to you as well! I try to avoid political discussions, but you have summarized it well. Sadly, I do not see any candidates in the upcoming election that will change anything for the better. Great collection of photos!


  17. Such gorgeous photos for the 4th of July.

    And thank you for sharing your thoughts with us in this great link to the letter G.


    PS. It is astonishing how loud geese can be. They are so small.


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